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Florence Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce)
One of the most striking and important churches in Florence, Santa Croce Basilica (Basilica di Santa Croce) is a classic example of Tuscan Gothic architecture. It’s also home to myriad works by Giotto, Gaddi, della Robbia, and Donatello, plus the tombs of numerous luminaries including Michelangelo, Galileo, Ghiberti, and Machiavelli.

The Basics
Work on the Santa Croce Basilica began in 1294, though the facade and bell tower are 19th-century additions. The world’s largest Franciscan church, Santa Croce houses 16 chapels decorated with some of the most important Florentine fresco cycles dating from the 14th century. It’s part of a larger complex including a refectory, two cloisters, and the Museum of the Opera of Santa Croce.

The Santa Croce Basilica is a highlight of any visit to Florence, and many sightseeing walking tours and shore excursions include a stop at the basilica and adjacent complex along with other famous sights like the Uffizi and Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia). Due to its artistic and historic importance, the church is among the most visited in the city and there are often long lines to enter; booking a guided tour with skip-the-line entrance in advance is a must in the crowded summer months.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Santa Croce Basilica is a must for all first-time visitors to Florence.
  • The basilica requires modest clothing covering shoulders and knees to enter.
  • No flash photography is allowed inside the church.
  • Piazza Santa Croce, in front of the basilica, is lined with restaurants and cafés—perfect for a snack or drink before or after visiting the church.
  • The basilica is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Santa Croce Basilica is located on Piazza Santa Croce in the historic center of Florence, just a short walk from the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria.

When to Get There
Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy, and its main churches and monuments can be very crowded in summer. To enjoy the city sights in relative peace, schedule a visit for spring or fall. Piazza Santa Croce holds a charming Christmas market each year through the month of December, with stalls selling holiday decorations, artisan crafts, and seasonal foods.

Santa Croce’s Most Famous Tombs
Over the centuries, the Santa Croce Basilica became the prefered burial place for important Florentines and, later, notable Italians. The church is now home to dozens of tombs and funerary monuments honoring some of the most famous Italian artists and luminaries from Leonardo da Vinci to Enrico Fermi. 


Address: Piazza di Santa Croce, Florence 50122, Italy
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Private Shore Trip in Florence and Pisa from Livorno Port

Private Shore Trip in Florence and Pisa from Livorno Port

Make the most of your time ashore, and see the highlights of Florence and Pisa all in one day, on this private shore excursion. Meet your driver directly at the Livorno port, climb into your private vehicle, and head to Florence. There, you’ll go on a multi-hour tour of the city. See the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Repubblica, enjoy skip the line-access at the Accademia Gallery (home to Michelangelo’s David) and Santa Croce Basilica, and more. Then, transfer to Pisa, where you can discover its iconic Leaning Tower.
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  • 9 hours
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Florence panoramic bike tour with gelato

Florence panoramic bike tour with gelato

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This bike tour allows you to see more of Florence in a shorter amount of time than possible on foot. Your private guide’s efficient and comprehensive itinerary covers the city’s top landmarks, as well as hidden gems and side streets often overlooked by large-group tours. In addition to navigating, your guide provides commentary about stops along the route and a necessary stop for authentic gelato.
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  • 2 hours
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$112.16
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On the Footsteps of Michelangelo Guided Tour in Florence

On the Footsteps of Michelangelo Guided Tour in Florence

This tour will take you in the footsteps of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti. You’ll discover his complex personality through his major masterpieces, retracing the highlights of his extraordinary artistic career.
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  • 4 hours
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Kid-Friendly Best of Michelangelo in Florence Tour w Academy Gallery Fast Access

Kid-Friendly Best of Michelangelo in Florence Tour w Academy Gallery Fast Access

Eliminate the stress of sightseeing with kids on this private family-friendly tour of Florence. Your guide makes Michelangelo’s life and legacy accessible to children and families of all ages through interactive games and commentary at each stop along the way. The itinerary features Santa Croce Basilica, Piazza del Duomo, and convenient skip-the-line access to the Accademia Gallery.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Day in Florence: An Immersive Experience

Private Day in Florence: An Immersive Experience

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During the Florence in a day tour, we will take you to all the highlights of this beautiful city. Florence is well known as the “heart” of the Italian Renaissance, with its famous museums like the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia and many other lesser-known palaces with unique artworks. Step into the world of Renaissance art and get amazed by the stories behind these masterpieces and the masters who created them.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Explore Florence w/ Michelangelo's David Skip-the-Line Tour

Explore Florence w/ Michelangelo's David Skip-the-Line Tour

If this is your first time to Florence and you want to make the most out of it, then this 2.5-hour private tour to discover the highlights is for you! You'll walk around the main landmarks and see some hidden gems too. Not only, you'll have a unique experience to visit the Accademia Gallery with an art historian guide to see the famous David by Michelangelo. Meet your guide at the Basilica of Santa Croce and your walk will begin. As you make your way around the sights, listen as your guide explains the history of the city and gives you insight into famous Florentines of the past. Some of the highlights you'll see are: Piazza della Signoria, the famous bridge - Ponte Vecchio, the town hall - Palazzo Vecchio, the main Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery and more. Enjoy skip-the-line entry into the famous Accademia Gallery where you'll see Michelangelo's marvellous sculpture of 'David' up close as well as other collections. It's the ideal way to discover the city of art!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Florence Small group Highlights Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Florence Small group Highlights Walking Tour with a Local Guide

With This 2 hour walking city tour you will wander the stunning streets of Florence guided by an expert local guide. After meeting your guide , accompanied by a small group of people up to 15, you will see Santa Croce Church, the Bargello Palace, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, the Cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, Uffizi Gallery's courtyard, the church of San Lorenzo (all from the outside) . Learn about the city thanks to the precious suggestions of your guide on how to spend your time in Florence.
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  • 2 hours
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Evening Exclusive Private Walking Tour of the Best of Florence with Local Guide

Evening Exclusive Private Walking Tour of the Best of Florence with Local Guide

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Get a new perspective on Florence’s Renaissance charms on an evening walking tour, after the heats and crowds of the day have died down. See illuminated monuments like Santa Croce Church, Ponte Vecchio, and the Duomo, plus some lesser-known treasures well worth a look. Learn about the city’s ancient history as a private guide leads you on a well-planned route, stopping to savor a scoop of gelato along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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Kids & Families Michelangelo Florence Tour w/ Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery

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Kids & Families Michelangelo Florence Tour w/ Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery

On this 2.5-hour private tour you'll enjoy skip-the-line tickets to discover the majestic works of art in the world famous Accademia Gallery in Florence. Together with your kid-friendly guide, you will gain insight into the history behind the city highlights, learn about Florentine artists and more. Meet your guide in Piazza Santa Croce and meander through the narrow streets and piazzas as you marvel at the numerous landmarks along the way. See the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, the Holy Cross Church and finally, the Accademia Gallery where you will enter with priority tickets. The kids will be entertained with games and activities, using iPads to help them learn about art and history, while still having fun! Here you can learn about the master, Michelangelo’s works of art; sculptures, paintings, projects, and most importantly, see his best-known statue of “David”. This is the perfect combination of art, history and city sightseeing for the whole family!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Enjoy this unforgettable Shore Excursion and make memories of the landmarks: • Pisa: - Leaning Tower - Piazza dei Miracoli • Florence: - Piazzale Michelangelo - Ponte Vecchio - Piazza della Signoria - Basilica of Santa Croce - Accademia Gallery with Skip-The-Line tickets (in Private tour options) - Piazza del Mercato Centrale - Giotto BellTower - Duomo Free time for lunch where the driver can suggest a nice restaurant or pizzeria within your desired budget. Included: • Wine Tasting in the Tuscany countryside in Private tour option. Upgradable with licensed local tour guide in Florence. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Livorno Cruise Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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  • 9 hours
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Professional Photographer and Driver Private Florence Tour

Professional Photographer and Driver Private Florence Tour

Forget selfies! The latest Tour accessory is a professional photographer! At Least 125 Digital Images Included! You will explore the best highlights of Florence with the guidance and experience of a professional English-speaking driver, while a personal photographer captures your memories for you. Our private Florence Tour is perfect for couples, families or group of friends. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 6 hours
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Professional Photographer and Driver Private Florence Tour

Professional Photographer and Driver Private Florence Tour

Forget selfies! The latest Tour accessory is a professional photographer! At Least 125 Digital Images Included! You will explore the best highlights of Florence with the guidance and experience of a professional English-speaking driver, while a personal photographer captures your memories for you. Our private Florence Tour is perfect for couples, families or group of friends. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 6 hours
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Florence and the David: private walking tour

Florence and the David: private walking tour

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Take a whirlwind walking tour of Florence in just three hours with a private guide. With a flexible itinerary and the ability to travel at your own pace, you can make the most of your vacation time in the city. Highlights include the Academy Museums, where you'll get express entry without needing to wait in line, as well as Signoria Palace and the Piazza della Repubblica.
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  • 3 hours
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$223.69
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Highlights of Florence Private Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families with Gelato

Highlights of Florence Private Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families with Gelato

If you have just one day to spend in Florence and you want to enjoy an amazing experience with your family this scavenger hunt is the perfect solution for you all! You will enjoy a 2.5 hour private experience playing games, treasure hunts, quizzes and much more! You will not miss the highlights of Florence, such us: Santa Croce square, piazza della Signoria, Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Porcellino Market, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Duomo, Piazza San Lorenzo and much more. Your family will have a lot of fun while learning!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$143.77
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Guided Tour of Florence Top Sites including Michelangelo David & Hotel Pick-up

Guided Tour of Florence Top Sites including Michelangelo David & Hotel Pick-up

Explore the major attractions of Florence on a private half-day walking tour in the heart of the city. Meet your guide at the Basilica di Santa Croce to see the tomb of Michelangelo, then continue to sites such as the Bargello Palace (Museo Nazionale del Bargello), Piazza della Repubblica, and more. Your tour includes skip-the-line tickets to the Accademia Gallery, which features Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.
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  • 3 hours
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$204.18
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Private Tour of Florence and Uffizi Gallery

Private Tour of Florence and Uffizi Gallery

This 4 hours walking tour of the main highlights of the city of Florence with a private licensed guide, you will have the opportunity to visit both the Uffizi Gallery and the Holy Cross Church. First, in the Uffizi, you will admire the works of art of many and many famous Italian artists, such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Giotto, Caravaggio, and many others. Then, you will move to the burial place of many Italian artists and Italian important personalities (such as Galileo and Michelangelo): the Holy Cross Church. The guide will explain to you all the curiosities about Italian artists and the details of their masterpieces. This is definitely the perfect way to enjoy Florence with its gems!
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  • 4 hours
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$328.01
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Michelangelo's David & Florence Art Academy Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families

Michelangelo's David & Florence Art Academy Treasure Hunt for Kids & Families

Add a family-friendly adventure to your Florence itinerary with this 2.5-hour scavenger hunt that hits the city’s top landmarks. In addition to navigating, your guide offers clues, hints, and kid-friendly anecdotes at each stop along the way, from Piazza Santa Croce to the Accademia Gallery. Booking a private tour ensures your guide’s full attention and an intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$155.85
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Fly over history: a hot air balloon cruise above Florence and its surroundings

Fly over history: a hot air balloon cruise above Florence and its surroundings

The ultimate "skip the line" tour of the wonders of Florence is the one who allows you to see them from right above. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of a smooth, silent flight on a hot air balloon, watching the red rooftops of the town centre, its domes and towers, and on the other side the sweet, green harmony of the surrounding hillside, famous for some of the best vineyards in the world. An exclusive toast, with a glass of Chianti Classico, will help you to get "back to Earth".
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  • 3 hours
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$1,596.30
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Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

Livorno Port Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa Wine Tasting Included

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When your cruise calls at Livorno, set off to explore Florence and Pisa on this private 9-hour shore excursion. With a personal chauffeur, travel to Pisa to admire the Leaning Tower and continue to Florence to see its Renaissance treasures independently. Perhaps choose to visit the Accademia Gallery (own expense) to see Michelangelo’s ‘David,’ and take in the likes of the Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Upgrade to include a 3-hour guided tour in Florence.
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  • 9 hours
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$271.83
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$271.83
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Private Florence Food Tour with a Local Expert

Private Florence Food Tour with a Local Expert

Enjoy a unique way to experience the food and drink of Florence during this private food tour with a lovely local Martina. Your first food stop will be at a "Forno", an Italian bakery where you will taste savory or sweet baked goods like biscotti and espresso. Next, explore the Sant’Ambrogio market, a local market frequently visited by Florentines and get an in-depth understanding of the way locals buy, eat and cook food. Martina will introduce you to her favored vendors that will show you the best of their wares (that you can sample) and provide advice on the right way to cook food, an interaction that is an important part of Italian food culture. After that you will enter an old trattoria, famous for their traditional Tuscan soups. Martina knows the owner personally so you can expect a very charismatic Florentine man to share funny stories along with your soup and a glass of Chianti. You will make 5 stops and try 5-6 different types of food and end your tour with gelato!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$170.00
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$170.00
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Florence Gourmet Tour with Food Wine and Guided Sightseeing of City Highlights

Florence Gourmet Tour with Food Wine and Guided Sightseeing of City Highlights

Stroll through Florence with a guide and small group, stopping at must-see sights and culinary outposts along the way. You'll check many of the iconic Florence sights off of your list—churches of San Lorenzo and Santa Croce, the Brunelleschi Dome, the Giotto bell tower—as well as enjoy seven food stops. Taste everything from cured meat to artisanal ice cream along the way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.65
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$96.65
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Private Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery Tour plus Florence City Highlights

Private Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery Tour plus Florence City Highlights

Explore the magic of Florence and its marvellous highlights on this 2.5-hour private tour with your own local guide. Make your way around the city's landmarks on foot, with a personalized visit to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's David. Meet your guide at the Santa Croce church and start your walk towards the historical center. You'll see famous buildings like the Palazzo Vecchio, symbols of the city such as the main Cathedral with it's dome shaped roof, cobbled streets, bridges like the Ponte Vecchio, museums like the Uffizi Gallery and more. These are just some of the sights you'll take in. Along the way your knowledgeable guide will acquaint you with the history of the city and stories from the past. Enjoy skip-the-line entry into the Accademia Gallery and avoid the queues to see one of the most visited sculptures in the city; Michelangelo's masterpiece, the David, as well as other impressive collections of artworks. This is an ideal way to discover beautiful Florence!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$240.42
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$240.42
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Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour of Florence

Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour of Florence

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Explore the life and scientific legacy of one of the most famous Florentines on a private tour revolving around Galileo. Visit the astronomer’s namesake museum to learn about his life and see historic telescopes, and pay tribute at a forum and statue dedicated to him at the Observatory Museum. After learning about Galileo’s controversial theories and discoveries, finish the journey in front of his tomb inside the Basilica of Santa Croce.
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  • 4 hours
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$241.63
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$241.63
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Florence Full Day with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Florence Full Day with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Pick up right in front of your ship in Livorno will give you the opportunity to travel into the heart of Tuscany and visit this top destination: Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance. Florence is the cradle of Renaissance that produced some of the most significant thinkers, scientists, philosophers, and artists in Italy, and the overwhelming works of art in Florence attests the historical and cultural impact of that era. Whether you are fascinated by Italy’s Renaissance history, art, architecture...or prefer to stroll through its fascinating piazzas and shop for Italy’s finest leather goods, gold jewelry, and designer labels, Florence has something special to offer all its visitors. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver (it does NOT include Tour Guides or Walking Tours). Italian laws permits only licensed tour guides to accompany guests on foot to sightsee. To comply with these strict laws, Driver will wait for you with the vehicle while you SELF TOUR.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$841.51
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